19 January 2010

DPMM FC will not play in S-League

DPMM FC don't look like taking to the pitch anytime soon.

The Singapore League (S-League) yesterday announced that French side Etoile FC have become the first European team to join the competition after their entry and that of China's Beijing Guoan were accepted.

The newly formed French side and the Beijing team become the eighth and ninth foreign sides to play in the Singapore domestic league.

But when asked about DPMM FC's chances of rejoining the fray after having been invited to compete, assistant team manager Ali Hj Momin was in the dark.

"So far ... everything is still a question-mark," he said yesterday. "The deadline has already passed and we are not sure what is happening now."

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) had given DPMM FC until Jan 7 to confirm their participation.

DPMM FC were expelled from last year's S-League campaign when the Federation Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) suspended the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (Bafa) for government interference in its affairs in September.

It meant the national football team and all club sides in the country could not play in international competitions, and DPMM FC were thrown out of the S-League with only five games left in their S-League debut season.

Vjeran Simunic, the coach who led the team to their Singapore League Cup success in June, returned to Croatia and the team were disbanded.

The FAS has said that DPMM FC's participation in the S-League hinges on the reinstatement of Bafa.

The Brunei Times

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